BRASS RING hasn't raced since May but showed good progress before that. He beat a subsequent Listed winner on his handicap debut at Newmarket and entries in both the Yorkshire Cup and Coronation Cup suggest he's retained his ability. Hunting Ground and Swing Alone have been running well in tough handicaps on this surface, but Viewpoint may well reverse latest running with the latter with a recent run under his belt. Commissar is upped in class after last week's win at Kempton and Glorious Protector is open to further improvement this season.
Hunting Ground (USA) 4-6fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, driven to lead over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon rallied, kept on well, 2nd of 7, nk behind Masterful Act (9-12) at Southwell 1m 4f hcap (2) fbs in Jan.
Swing Alone (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden and headway 2f out, driven and ran on towards finish, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Van Percy (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Brass Ring 2-1fav (9-4) In touch, headway over 2f out, effort to lead when flashed tail over 1f out, ridden and soon hung left, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in May beating Renew (9-7) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Viewpoint (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Held up, ridden when hampered 2f out and dropped to rear, rallied inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3l behind Van Percy (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar.
Opera Box 50-1 (8-12) Prominent 3f, chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 7, 8l behind Pether's Moon (8-11) at Kempton 1m 4f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Glorious Protector (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Raced wide early, headway to lead over 10f out, joined 7f out, headed 5f out, ridden and every chance over 2f out, chasing winner when switched right inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Thomas Hobson (9-6) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Commissar 7-2fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, led entering final furlong, driven and stayed on gamely, won at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar beating Certavi (9-4) by nk, 8 ran.